Here we are friends, just a few hours away from boarding the plane that will take us to fulfill the dream we've cherished for so many years. After arriving to China, it will be just a few more days to get to know our sweet little girl Michaela Tsai-Ann. We are so, so very excited!! Once in China we will have very little access to the Internet. :/ We will do our very best to send updates if we are able,so you can share in our joy. However we would love to stay connected with you via prayer while we are away, regardless! We are so glad that internet connection is not needed to be "online" with our Heavenly Father! =)This is the way you can pray for us until we come back home in about 18 days. Especially on April 12th, (April 13th in China) which is the day we’ll be meeting Michaela for first time. We can’t be anymore grateful to all the many, many, many ways you all have supported us during this long and life changing journey! Click here if you are new to this blog and want to read previous posts about our journey: (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).Michaela’s Prayer Countdown:Day 7: Please pray that God would prepare Michaela's heart to meet us. That He guides us through the bonding process with her. That He gives us favor before her so that she learns quickly to trust us, obey us and know we are Mommy & Daddy.Day 6: Pray that her feeling of loss and brokenness would be minimal as she leaves the only people, culture & language she's known so far. That we have a very positive experience with the Orphanage nannies, kids, staff, volunteers & all the people involved with our farewell to ther place of birth. That God would use David & I to help her experience complete healing.Day 5: Pray that God protects Michaela from any virus or diseases while we are with her in China. That she aces her medical examinations so that she can be granted a visa to leave the country without any delay. That God would granted her miraculous healing. That her health & brain development catches up quickly after we start caring and loving on her. And for God's favor and direction in case any therapies or medical treatments are needed.Day 4: Pray that God would give us favor as we go though all the official steps & requirements to finalize our adoption in China and come back home together as a family: An expedite adoption registration, medical appointments, passport and visa application.Day 3: Pray that God would keep our boys and family safe & healthy in the States as they state home with Grandma and my sister. That God would prepare their hearts to meet their sister and they bond quickly & joyfully after we come back home.Day 2: Pray for safe travels for Dave & I. That we are able to soak in and enjoy the culture of ourDaughter's country of birth. That this trip would be a joyful & memorable experience for both us and her. That God would protect us from sickness and would strengthen our bodies for all the walkingahead and the carrying luggage while traveling through 5 cities to complete official appointments.That God would providentially heal my upper back problems so that they don't become an issueduring our trip.Day 1: Pray that God uses us powerfully to communicate the love & grace of Jesus to all the people we come in contact with during our stay in China. especially to our daughter. That we can modelJesus to her, that He touches her heart, that she would come to know Him and be saved at an earlyyoung age!Looking forward to see you soon as a family of 5! =)Zàijiàn!! =)Dave, Paola, Garrick, David-Elliot & Michaela Bush
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Ok dear friends, we cannot be more delighted about introducing our new daughter: Michaela Tsai-Ann Bush!! Yes, you can scream a big YAY with us!!! What a difficult last 19 months it's been! But how worth the wait was. Everything is beautiful in God's time. It certainly is. We are so in love with our new little sweet pea, that we don't think about the long wait anymore. Here are the links to our previous updates for those of you who are new to our journey: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
|Our Bush girl! =)|
Isn't she supercute?!! The best compliment we got was from a friend who said: "Eekkkk, but of course! She just looks like a Bush; who else could have she been matched with?!!"
|Mommy I think can hear your kisses all the way here! =)|
As many of you know we received our child referral back in early January, and have ever since working really diligently in getting all the paperwork in order to be able to travel to China in about two months to meet her and bring her home!
|This is when I was 18 months old..awhh!|
Michaela Tsai-Ann is currently 27 months (11 days younger than our youngest son at home) and was found abandoned at a park in the city of Kaifeng when she was 1 month old. She has been living in the Kaifeng City Social Welfare Institute ever since.
|I love riding my little red ox! =)|
She currently has some developmental delays probably due to negligent care after a premature birth. She has done great progress at the orphanage though, and the care and love she has received while in the orphanage has been a great response to prayer. However, she will probably need continued therapy once we bring her home.
|Mommy, I can't wait until you are the one holding me!..I'm grateful for my loving nannies though..|
Once more God has super exceeded our expectations and has pleased our hearts in orchestrating this match. We are also very grateful for all the support we have received from friends and family as we go through this journey. We can't wait to be able to introduce her personally to you really soon.
|Yes, I'm ready to let my brothers take a ride too! =)|
Following are our current prayers requests. Thanks again for your support!
*Please pray for the expedite processing of our visa applications
*Please pray for God's favor so that we get the invitation by the Orphanage (Travel Approval) really soon.
*Please pray for God's to provide the finances to cover the last part of our adoption process.
*Please pray for God's favor as we start making travel arrangements
Posted by Paola at 6:10 PM